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"Florida's Problem"
Season 1, episode # 18
# 18 overall in series (141 episodes)
"Maude" episode
Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date February 13, 1973
Production code 118 (1x18)
Teleplay by: Budd Grossman
Story by: Alan J. Levitt
Directed by: Hal Cooper
Guest starring: John Amos
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Florida's Problem was the 18th episode of Season 1 of  Maude, and the 18th overall episode in the series. Directed by Hal Cooper, the episode, which was written as a teleplay by Budd Grossman from a story penned by Alan J. Levitt, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 13, 1973.


"Florida's Problem"
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Synopsis

Florida arrives at Maude's in a bad mood. She tells Maude that her husband wants her to quit her job, but she does not want to.

Storyline

Florida is backed into a corner by her chauvinistic husband, Henry (John Amos), who has picked up a second job and gives her an ultimatum to quit her housekeeping job at the Findlays home. Soon it begins to cause problems for Maude and Walter as Walter takes Henry's side and Maude takes Florida's.

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Although Bea Arthur, in real life, was a heavy smoker, this was the only time where she was shown smoking on air.
  • This the first appearance of John Amos as Florida's husband Henry Evans. When the spin-off Good Times debuted two years later, his name was changed to James Evans Sr. and his father's name was Henry Evans.

Connections

References
  • Sanford and Son (NBC-TV series) - Is mentioned by Maude.

Scene excerpts

Quotes

  • Henry Evans (Floria's husband): I'm coming back at 9:00, and I mean 9:00 WPT.

[he leaves]

  • Maude: Florida, what's "WPT"?
  • Florida Evans: White People Time. If he didn't mean 9:00 sharp he would have said CPT. That's Colored People Time. Which means 'shuffle on in when you feel like it'.
  • Maude: Of all the male chauvinist pigs. I mean, he's something straight out of the dark ages. Nothing racial intended.

  • Florida: [to her husband, Henry] Now, you hurt because of your pride, and I love you for that. But I also resent you for not being just as proud of me as I am of you.
  • Henry: I am proud of you Florida, its just that I don't want you to be a maid no more.
  • Florida: Them two don't go together Henry. Your mother was a maid. That's how your brothers got through school and you got to be a fireman. My grandmother was a maid, that's how my daddy got a little schoolin'. There are a lot of women, Henry, on both sides of my family, who worked all their lives in white kitchens so their kids could get some of the things they should have. You want to be proud of something Henry? You be proud of them, because they was all black women and I tell you there ain't never been a better woman than that.

Soundtracks

Soundtrack Credits
  • And Then There's Maude (series theme song) - Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman (as Marilyn) and Alan Bergman, Music by Dave Grusin, performed by Donny Hathaway

Cast (in Credits Order)

Main Cast

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast

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